Old Scratch Amber Lager | Flying Dog Brewery

Old Scratch Amber LagerOld Scratch Amber Lager
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Old Scratch Amber LagerOld Scratch Amber Lager

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,537 |  Reviews: 762
Photo of BeerManDan
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color when poured was had a reddish hue ot this medium dark amber, with very little foam that disapated immediatley. The smell of mild roasted malts, with a hint of candy filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. But, the taste of roasted malts and a hint of butterschoch, was to bitter for my taste. A very good ale, made unpleasant because of an over powering bitter feel in the mouth and palate. Not what I expected for this amber ale.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA Boston Lager glass

This one is a two-toned orange amber, lighter look on the bottom, with a reddish amber near the top. It's got plenty of big bubbles creating a lively, 1/2" deep, off-white head that dissipates really fast and is gone nearly as quick.

The nose is dominated by a sweet butterscotch malted barley scent. Citric zest and herbal dark wheat in the background along with subtle cinnemon. Mostly though....Malt!

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe, it's a very simple semi-sweet malt flavor that dominates, the Red lager flavor is upfront, with only subtle spicey and bitter lager yeast notes. A decent herbal zing from the hops rides in at the end.

The feel is medium bodied, crisp at first then becoming slick and oily. The malt really mellows out the feel here.

This is a pretty tame offering from flying

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Photo of TMinton22
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber color and clear with creamy light-tan head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Fresh baked bread, nutty malt aromas with some toffee.

Taste: Pale malt flavors. Some roasted nuttiness and burnt caramel. A small part of bitter citrus from hops. Finishes a bit bitter.

Drinkability: Sweet and bitter in balance and it is smooth and easy to drink. Could drink a few of these in a row.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best one of the Flying Dog mixed pack, It pours a beautiful deep red color and has a very thick body for the style which makes for a great mouthfeel. Tastes of caramel malts and is a really drinkable beer. This is a damn good one and I would try it again for sure.

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Photo of ectomorph
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Business lunches with beer rule. on tap at Taco Mac in Chattanooga.

A - Medium amber in color with a very light head that fades to nothing fast.

S - Malty breads up front with some light floral citrus hops at the end.

T - A little watery, but the maltiness shines through here. Not much hop presence to speak of in the taste.

M - Again, watery with little carbonation.

D - Once is enough. Amber lagers aren't my thing....

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Photo of Squelch
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear Red with a thin tan head that disappears quickly

Smell: No noticable aroma. Hmmmm

Taste: Lager with tons of aromatic/biscuit malt. Not to my liking

Mouthfeel: Best part of this beer. Nice.

Drinkability: Wouldn't pass one up but wouldn't go out of my way to seek one either.

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Photo of RodBurg
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovin the Steadman artwork on these bottles. Poured a nice dark amber into a pint glass. Small off white head that didn't stick around and left no lacing.

Very bready malt smells coming off this one. Also picking up caramel, toasted nuts, grass, and floral hops. More complex than I had imagined it being.

Palate follows the aromas pretty well. Sweet, nutty malt and caramel to start then ends with a nice carbonation sting and a bready malt flavor mingling with grassy hops. Goes down quite smooth. I could drink a lot of these.

All in all, a very solid, complex and drinkable amber lager. I dug it.

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Photo of JohnW
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark amber, but crystal clear, no great head, though started fairly dense, but did not last. Aroma was rich, maltly and fairly sweet, some spices, though only a hint of bitterness from any hops.

Fairly heavy texture, rich and smooth, more sweetness from the toasted malts at first, with hints of dried fruit, but a touch of dark bitterness in the finish making a good balance. Long lasting flavours linger and very pleasant after taste.

I enjoyed this beer a lot, very tasty and satisfying, though I would not class it as a 'session' beer, maybe a shade too rich and heavy for me want more than a couple.

B'ham UK Sept 2008

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the better Flying Dog varieties. Beautiful medium amber color, soft carbonation and decent head with nice lacing. All malt in the nose. Taste is the same, smooth caramel malt with a hops bitterness that borders on a bit too bitter. Drinkability suffers a bit from the aftertaste.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just an ordinary amber beer.

Nothing special about this one, don't get me wrong its a good beer but nothing stuck out. I just poured it, drank it, and moved on to the next flying dog. Decent malts, not to much spice, smooth beer. There are better ones out there so I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of enfield249
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear red gold color. No head, tinny bubbles along the edge.

S - Malty sweet smelling, slightly grainy.

T - Sweet, slightly roasty, finishes with a lager flavor.

M - Thin to medium, lots of sparkle from the carbonation.

D - Very good lager. Not to over powering, very drinkable.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

---Copied from Blackberry

A- Brilliantly clear copper amber color with 1" of head.

S. Moderately hoppy. Some caramel notes and lightly grassy.

T- Caramel malt dominates and a light bittering hop presence. Its a little woodsy and smoky.

M- Light to medium with high carb.

D- Too sweet to session for me but some folks might like it.

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with two inches of off-white head that had decent retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

I smell caramel malt and grassy hops. Surprisingly a whisp of alcohol is even detected.

Has a nice balanced flavor. The malt with its sweet caramel flavor does not dominate. The hops are there to lighten up the flavor and adds just a touch of bitterness.

Has a lighter body and the carbonation is a bit harsh.

A nice lager with nice flavor and a hop presence. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger slight cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Nice clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Malty/hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet and malty and stays that way especially as it starts to warm. But not overly malty there are enough hops for a good balance. $1.67 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear burnt rust/tarnished copper, buff colored head is rich, dense and almost creamy with pits and little craters and a nice stack of soapy bubbles on top. dense patches of swiss cheese lace as well and great retention. looks hearty.

S- toasty matly and even a little bit of milk chocolate. burnt caramel, raisins, coconut, brandy soaked figs, wheat bread, and dark browned biscuit bottom with a mild boozy edge. earthy and lightly herbal hops are there too altogether creating a very inviting autumn welcome type aroma. i could go without the alcoholic smell though for such a small beer.

T- hop bitterness from start to finish, flavorful rather than aggressive. spicy and herbal and a little grassy they lay a nice smooth layer over the toasty grainy foundation. dark toast and burnt caramel comprise most of the flavor with very subtle date, raisin, and grain alcohol notes in the background and some wood and tobacco as well. finishes with a red fruit tartness, more toast, and clean grassy almost lemony hops.

MF- medium body, medium effervescence, everything is medium. grainy and a little filmy with a pronounced starchy feeling in the finish. served cold its very crisp and refreshing.
warmed up it gets a little syrupy.

D- entirely drinkable lager with ale characteristics. doesn't go over the top or push any envelopes, it stays in a safe zone and just does its thang.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: reddish copper with average off-white head, which went quickly and left very minimal lacing.

S:noble hops come through first, flowery and lemony. Also a faint caramel maltiness.

T: moderate citric hop flavor with fair bitterness and caramel-sweet malts to balance. A well balanced lager/ale, whatever this is. I've seen it called a steam beer as well, and it claims to be made at medium temps to be like an ale-lager hybrid. The buttery notes in the flavor also make this seem like more of a red ale than a lager. Eh, but what do I know. At any rate, its pretty good.

M: smooth, fairly well carbonated, not too thick or thin.

D: easy to drink, tasty, no complaints.

Solid beer that is drinkable and flavorful, like many flying dog ales.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was a clear brown amber color. There was some carbonation bubbling and no lacing. It had a decent light beige head that quickly evaporated into the merest collar.

The aroma was malty with a touch of citrus. Wasn't very strong and just didn't get me excited for the beer. The taste was a little better but overall was bland. Good malty taste but not enough to sustain it. Needed something else to it. Mouthfeel was average.

Overall, it's a decent beer that goes down easily but doesn't do much to impress in the flavor department. Maybe a good starter beer to wean your friends off BMC. For me, one and done. Too many other good beers out there.

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Photo of wl0307
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 26/11/2008, served lightly-chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue, coming with a well-lasting light beige frothy head and pretty mild carbonation. Looking very decent.
S: a light lemony sourness, caramelised sugar, and light apple-ly fruity aroma come hand in hand, added with a delicate salty-bitter touch of mustiness almost like that of a Biere de Garde - don't know why - and some rusty iron. Quite pleasant but not complex.
T: a lightly caramely malty entry fast leads towards a mildly sour theme of a lager, then the burned fruits (e.g. plums), a faint touch of burned malts and nuts, and a soothing bitterness creep up, settling slowly to let a slightly sticky-sugary yet also "lagery"-sour finish to take over.
M&D: lightly effervescent on the mouthfeel, medium-bodied, slightly on the thin-ish side but quite easy-drinking; this so-called "American Amber Lager" tastes not bad, but surely in need of a clearer character or a more pronounced profile to make it shine. At the moment it's like a sweeter and less hoppy cross b/w Vienna Lager and a fruity English Best Bitter.

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Photo of bonkers
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
a-deep copper/orange beer with a thin quickly dissipating head, little lacing.
s-all I was able to smell was a very sweet malt
t-nice balance of malt to hop, with light citrus overtones
m&d-medium to thin body but this is very drinkable
overall- an enjoyable easily drinkable lager

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 5.5% ABV, 19.5 IBU. Pretty clear amber color. Tan head trickles down to a thin layer rather quickly. A few streaming bubbles rising up from the bottom.

Big whiff of caramel, perhaps a bit of butterscotch and a brief fade of citrusy hops.

Nice amount of caramel up front. A hint of toffee. Maybe a bit of bread also. A odd dry, earthy flavor comes out in the middle.

Medium body, with good carbonation. Not bad. Well balanced.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1/2 finger tan head that dropped quickly to a thin lace that covered the entire deep bronze/amber beer and left a decent stick. The carbonation appeared to be light.

S- Initially, there was a mix of caramel malt and earthy hops. Some stewed fruit smells/brandy-like tones also came through along with a touch of brown sugar.

T- It had good caramel initially, but missed a hop balance. It comes out a bit watery (but sugary) and had a long aftertaste.

M- The feel starts a bit watery, but becomes more full at the swallow. Carbonation was medium.

D- The drinkability wasn't bad, but the sweetness holds me back from wanting too many.

Overall- I was hoping for a little more refreshing beer. The sweetness make it more of a one and done.

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Photo of illidurit
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Caramel color with a tan head. Not a lot of lacing.
Aromas of caramel and a little bit of lemongrass.
Flavor is faint and short. Notes of caramel and honey, a touch of tangy hops.
Mouthfeel is high on carbonation, thin on the palate, and easy to drink. Unfortunately it just isn't very flavorful.

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Photo of stephens101
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber and topped off by a two finger frothy tan head. Retention is good and a craggy lacing is left behind. Smells grainy and malty with some sweet tea and lemon in the background. Tastes sweet and sugary but not at all cloying. Mouth-feel is light. Carbonation is medium. This brew keeps it's drinkability while still being interesting and tasty.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color and clear with creamy light-tan head. Not much lacing.

S: Fresh baked bread, nutty malt aromas with some caramel and toffee. Light spicy hop aroma in the background.

T: Lightly roasted vienna malts and pale malt flavors. Some roasted nuttiness and burnt caramel. A small part of bitter citrus from hops. Finishes a bit bitter.

M: Light to medium body with good crisp carbonation.

D: Sweet and bitter in balance and it is smooth and easy to drink. Was a better beer then I expected. Could drink a few of these in a row.

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Photo of maddogruss
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with a small, white head with low retention and decent lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A sweet, very malty smell with strong toffee notes.

T: An initial sweet, malty taste with toffee undertones. Slight, sweet caramel aftertaste.

M: A smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that was quite refreshing.

D: Overall, a nice, drinkable beer. A nice combination of crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and a smooth, robust malt taste. Definitely an excellent summer brew.

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Old Scratch Amber Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 26.6% out of 100 with 1,537 ratings
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